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Mac Gems: Actions turns your iPad into a Mac control pad

Actions is a combination of Mac and iOS apps that turn your iPad into a nifty touchscreen control pad and shortcut panel for your Mac.

Review: NoteSuite a powerful note-taking app for Mac and iPad

Previously known as Projectbook for iPad, NoteSuite now has a Mac companion, making its powerful note-taking tools available on two platforms.

Review: Bluenote a secure alternative to OS X's Notes

Bluenote doesn't have a ton of features, but it works as a basic app.

Review: Free-OCR performs adequately on text docs

If your needs are modest, then this limited but free online OCR service will extract your text just fine. It supports 29 languages, including English.

Review: Microsoft's Office Mobile for iPhone app will disappoint most users

Good news: Microsoft finally released an iPhone app for Office. Bad news: It's not the kind of app we were hoping for.

Anything but PowerPoint: Five fresh presentation alternatives

Knock their socks off and seal the deal with presentation tools that give you new takes on the same old slides—from eye-catching imagery to data visualization that goes way, way beyond the pie chart.

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Mac Gems Promising Prospect: Shortcat replaces mouse clicks with keyboard presses

It's hard to use a modern computer interface without a mouse or trackpad, but Shortcat helps you reduce your dependency on point-and-click in favor of clever keyboard-based shortcuts that work nearly everywhere on your Mac.

Review: Thread Contact for iOS proves beauty is only skin-deep

Thread Contact is a nicely designed contact management app, but its features are sparse when compared to similar apps.

Review: Together 3 one of the better file and data organizers for the Mac

Building upon the already excellent Together 2, the new revision adds some compelling capabilities.

Review: LibreOffice 4 liberates you from Microsoft Office

LibreOffice is a competitive alternative to Microsoft Office that is extensible, highly compatible, highly configurable, and free.

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Review: Fetchnotes is a so-so note-taking app for iOS

If all you want to do is list the occasional “remember this” item, Fetchnotes will do. But if you want to organize or share your notes, the app’s features fall short.

Mac Gems: Scapple combines a text editor with a mind-mapping app

Scapple is a promising free-form, nonlinear, mind-mapping text editor that works well on its own or with Scrivener.

Review: Mail Pilot attempts to turn your email into a crafty but complex to-do list

Mail Pilot is a Kickstarter-turned-mail app that aims to turn your email into a date-based to-do list. It largely succeeds, though it's not quite ready for a spot on your home screen just yet.

Review: Springpad serves as your virtual personal assistant

Springpad makes it easy to save, share, and organize your digital information. This free service lets you "spring" information from the Web, photos, notes, and more, and organize it into notebooks that you can share if you'd like.

Review: TopXNotes brings top-notch note taking to your Mac

TopXNotes is an app for serious note takers, with an impressive array of features that provide an excellent user experience.